This paper discusses the sourcing and encryption (ie. coding) of extra biological material specifically derived from inanimate sources for incorporation within living entities in the creation of new media living art works. Art practices based on such a proposition can be seen to engender considerable creative potential. I will briefly discuss the creation of synthetic DNA molecules developed by several art based encryption systems. Such systems have the potential to enable the conversion of any material including extra biological material, into coded genetic sequences of purine and pyrimidine DNA bases. Converted into this biologically compatible medium, synthetic DNA can be incorporated into the genomes of living organisms using recombinant DNA processes.
1st International SymbioticA Symposium. The Aesthetics of Care?: the Artistic, Social and Scientific Implications of the Use of Biological/Medical Technologies for Artistic Purposes (Perth, W.A. 5 August, 2002) p. 33-39